Glenn Greenwald: The Masking of the Servant Class

Well put:

COVID rules are now so convoluted that liberals are able to defend their leaders’ actions while not even pretending to make sense from a scientific or rational perspective. Many defended Newsom and Obama’s maskless partying on the ground that it was all “outdoors,” even though both were actually inside tents and people had been shamed for months for taking their kids to deserted beaches rather than keeping them locked away at home.

Liberals argue that it is fine for elites at Obama’s party and the Met Gala to remain maskless since they are vaccinated, even as they defend the CDC’s new mask directives for vaccinated people based on the view that vaccinated people still dangerously transmit the Delta variant to both vaccinated and unvaccinated people alike. They will claim that it is fine for rich Democratic donors at Pelosi’s party to sit on top of one other maskless because they are eating even though the video shows they have no food in front of them (they are waiting for the masked servants of color to bring their food) and even though shoveling food into one’s open mouth does not actually create a wall of immunity against transmission of the virus from one’s open-mouthed table neighbors. The Met Gala’s red carpet is said to be “outdoors” even though it is surrounded by tent walls and other structures, and still leaving the question of why workers need to be masked in the same area.

It’s starting to feel like liberals are now chiefly concerned with lying to themselves in order to avoid coming to the conclusion that the increasingly-tyrannical ruling class doesn’t give a shit about us and is basically letting us rot. Why else would they even attempt to defend Newsom and Obama and Pelosi blatantly flaunting The Rules™ and, more importantly The SCIENCE™? Why else would they defend Big Tech censorship? It can’t be that Silicon Valley and the news media are simply suppressing all political dissent–no, they’re doing it to keep us all safe!

But all of this stopped being about The Science(TM) long ago — ever since months of relentless messaging that it is our moral duty to Stay At Home unless we want to sociopathically kill Grandma was replaced overnight by dictates that we had a moral duty to leave our homes to attend densely packed street protests since the racism being protested was a more severe threat to the public health than the global COVID pandemic. One can locate in all of this jumbled and always-shifting rationale various forms of control, shaming, stigma and hierarchy, while The Science(TM) is nowhere to be found.

Even with all of this deceit and manipulation, there is something uniquely disturbing — creepy even — about becoming accustomed to seeing political and cultural elites wallowing in luxury without masks, while those paid small wages to serve them in various ways are forced to keep cloth over their faces. It is a powerful symbol of the growing rot at the core of America’s cultural and social balkanization: a maskless elite attended to by a permanently faceless servant class. The country’s workers have long been faceless in a figurative sense, and now, thanks to extremely selective application of decisively unscientific COVID restrictions, that condition has become literal.

This is the type of thing we’re growing accustomed to these days:

You’ve got Ocasio-Cortez, Democratic Socialist and champion of the downtrodden, having her “TAX THE RICH” dress carried by a masked servant so it doesn’t touch the ground.

“bUt sHe’S vAcCiNaTeD!!”

And the Dress-Carrier isn’t? Like they’d let anyone who hasn’t gotten the vaccine anywhere near the Met Gala. In New York City, it’s basically illegal to be unvaccinated anyway.

There’s a very weird veneration of Elected Officials™ and fetish for Following Those Officials’ Rules going on on the left. I’m not old, but I’m at least old enough to remember when the left were the ones who hated and distrusted both the Military Industrial Complex and the Intelligence Community for lying us into war in the Middle East. They wanted Bush and Cheney locked up for war crimes. They detested the CIA and its use of torture and “black sites.”

Now they’re basically begging for full-blown tyranny and forced vaccinations at gunpoint.

This is why I keep saying my main goal nowadays is not to try to convince Democrats to become Republicans, but simply to convince libs that the Democratic Party is their enemy. It’s not about Red vs. Blue anymore. It’s about the ruling class vs. the regular people.

The libs need to see their beloved Elites for what they are. The libs need to get it through their heads that the elites don’t give a fuck about any of us.

The problem is that the ruling class has tens of millions of libs convinced we’re the problem.

And that’s deliberate. The libs are the only thing propping up this whole diseased, corrupt temple.

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